False Husbands In Lydia Davis's 'The Storm'

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Marriages can Hold Hidden Secrets
If marriage is a happily ever after, why do so many couples cheat on their spouses?Davis's story "Break it Down", helps clarify the false assumption that marriages will lead to happiness or satisfaction when looking through the text "The Storm", by Kate Chopin. In "Break it Down" by Lydia Davis, the narrator is obsessively expressing eight days of romance in which he spends $600 for. When breaking down the affair, he comes to a conclusion that the inevitable pain is part of the whole process. Davis's story helps the reader understand the false assumption that marriage is a happily ever after when looking through the story "The Storm". Calixta, the mother of the family, has an affair with her old boyfriend,
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Alcée and Calixta both experience the passion they've been cheated of in the past by having an amazing sexual encounter. Their pleasure and happiness can't last forever as well because they are forced to go on their separate ways. The concept that money can't buy happiness can be seen in Chopin's story when relating money to sexual intercourse and the pleasure that comes with it. Alcée's husband, Bibnôt, is clueless of the situation when returning home. "Shimps! Oh, Bobinôt! you too good fo' anything!" and she gave him a smacking ass on the check that resounded".J'vous réponds, "we'll have a feas' to-night! umph-umph!" (Chopin, 353). Offering shrimps as a gift, Bibnôt shows love and affection to Alcée without being aware that she has just cheated on him. The storm symbolizes the passion and affair that happens between Calixta and Alcée. Even though Calixta is worried for her own family outside the storm, she still decides to please her own sexual desire by having sex with Alcée. Breaking the promise of being faithful to Bibnôt. The assumption that marriages are a happily ever after is false because we can see relationships being broken and taken advantage …show more content…
In Davis's story, the narrator explains how in his eight days of romance he has spent $100 each time they had sex. He includes specific detail like when his lover was present or absent or the types of conversations they had in bed. "But it isn't over when it ends, it goes on after it's all over, she's still inside you like sweet liquor, you are filled with her...it's all inside you, at least for a while after, then you being to lose it, and I'm beginning to lose it..."(Davis, 356). By the end of his eight days, it seemed like the narrator started being annoyed with his lover. He felt like he was losing her and was half falling in love with her. He spends money to receive love and affection that is missing in his own life. For him spending money for pleasure is worth the pain that comes with it. Although in Davis's story we can assume that the narrator wasn't married, the idea that sexual intercourse is used for pleasure is shown in Chopin's story "The

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